The NC State University College of Education is proud to coordinate a series of literacy activities as part of the North Carolina Literary Festival 2014 that are designed for children and families. These sessions will be led by faculty, staff and students at NC State.  * All activities require parent supervision *

Take a tour around the world of reading and get your passport stamped at each stop! Pick up your passport at the children’s activity area and then start your trip. As you explore and participate, collect at least five passport stamps and return to the passport table for a prize.

Be sure to visit these tables and activities, available from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 and 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6. Most activities take place outside the Hunt Library on the Oval.

Story Corner (Passport Activity)

Sit down and relax with an award-winning children’s books read aloud by students and faculty from the NC State College of Education. If you find a favorite, head over to Quail Ridge and get a copy to bring home. Get your passport stamp for simply laying back and enjoying a good story!


Lego Expressions  (Passport Activity)

What can you express about the world of reading with Legos? Use a Lego Expression kit to demonstrate your feelings about reading or maybe a scene/character from your favorite book. We will post the best creations on Flickr at http://bit.ly/LegoLitFest. Get a passport stamp after you submit your Lego Expression! Get even more creative and see what you can Makey Makey at 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


Comic Creations  (Passport Activity)

Do you love superheroes? What about graphic novels like Smile! by Raina Telgemeier or Japanese Manga? Come inside the Hunt Library and find our comics table on the 1st floor – browse some children’s graphic novels and create your own comic to go on Flickr at http://bit.ly/ComicLitFest. Get a passport stamp after you post your own comic to Flickr.


Get Literate with Math  (Passport Activity)

How does literacy impact math? Join us for some fun activities and games demonstrating how literacy skills like speaking, listening, decoding and more are as important to math as they are to reading! Get a passport stamp after you participate in an activity or game.


READ! Tattoo Parlor  (Passport Activity)

Express yourself with some body art and show the world that you love to READ! Get your passport stamp after you are tattooed.


Creative Literacy  (Passport Activity)

Show your creative side by creating a bookmark, a puppet and your own storytelling crafts at our arts table. You can get up to two passport stamps for completing different crafts.


There are many other children’s activities scheduled throughout the Festival including:

Literary Lifeline: Why Reading Matters to Me!  

Tell the story of how reading has been part of your life. Why is reading important to you? Listen to stories created by NC State students and record your own at the recording booths on the 4th floor of Hunt Library. Listen to stories or record your own.

BARKS – Bonding Animals, Reading, Kids and Safety

Do you enjoy reading aloud or listening to stories? Then join Helping Paws in fostering a love of reading and curl up with a good book and a lovable dog!


Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Saturday, April 5 at 10:00 a.m. in the Hunt Library Auditorium

For seasoned Paperhand fans or for first-timers, you are sure to enjoy The Big Reveal. 


$mart Choice$, Great Fun: Family Storytime
Saturday, April 5 at 11:00 a.m. on the Oval

Young children and their families are invited to participate in an interactive program that incorporates age appropriate books, songs, and movement to nurture pre-reading skills.   Experience fun with concepts that support early childhood financial education and encourage parents to reinforce these concepts at home. Presented by Wake County Public Libraries.


Making Music with MaKey MaKey
Saturday, April 5, 2:00 -4:00 p.m. and Sunday, April 6, 2:00 -4:00 p.m. on the Oval

Have you ever wanted to build your own musical instrument… with food?! MaKey MaKey is a simple electronic circuit that allows anyone to become an inventor in a few minutes with extremely simple tools and any material that conducts electricity. Children will be able to experiment with building and playing their own musical instruments with apples, bananas, carrots, and more. Appropriate for ages 8+, and super fun for adults too! Presented by NCSU Libraries.


StoryUp! Aerial Storytelling
Saturday, April 5 at 4:00 p.m. on the Oval

Aerialists (and librarians!) Amy Godfrey and Stacey Lunden will present an exhilarating and gravity-defying retelling of some of their favorite folktales and fables using aerial silks and straps.


Mr. Erik
Sunday, April 6 at 11:00 a.m. on the Oval

Erik Sugg is a youth services librarian for Wake County Public Libraries. He has developed an enthusiastic following for his storytimes for toddlers and babies at the Cameron Village Library. Come experience Mr. Erik’s energetic, musical, silly, and educational style of entertainment for yourself!


Plus children’s author appearances by: R.L. Stine, Jacqueline Davies, John Claude Bemis, and Kelly Starling Lyons (check the schedule for times).


We are also pleased to offer free, pre-Festival workshops for parents who want to help their children with reading.